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June 7, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates fell to new lows for the sixth straight week, with lenders offering the 30-year fixed-rate loan at an average 3.67%, down from 3.75% a week ago, home finance giant Freddie Mac said. The 15-year fixed-rate loan averaged 2.94%, down from 2.97% last week, according to Freddie's latest weekly survey . Freddie Mac economist Frank Nothaft attributed the decline to reports showing weak growth in jobs and the economy. Those factors make inflation less likely and pressure central bankers to keep rates down.
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BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates leveled off early this week, with the average for a 30-year fixed loan at 4.41%, a smidge above the 4.4% recorded a week earlier, Freddie Mac said. Freddie's survey of what lenders are offering to solid borrowers, released Thursday, showed that the average rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage rose from 3.42% to 3.47%. The survey's margin of sampling error is 5 basis points, or 0.05 of a percentage point, according to Freddie Mac spokesman Chad Wandler, which means that from a practical viewpoint this week's results were unchanged.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
A five-week decline in fixed mortgage rates has ended, with Freddie Mac's survey showing the 30-year home loan averaged 4.28% early this week, up from 4.23% a week ago. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage was unchanged at an average of 3.33%, Freddie Mac said Thursday in its weekly report on the terms that lenders are offering to highly creditworthy borrowers. Aside from a weak jobs report, which the market seemed to shrug off, there was little economic news early this week to influence rates, Freddie Mac chief economist Frank Nothaft noted in the finance company's report.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates have descended further into record low territory for the second straight week, with the average for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan dropping to 3.83% from 3.84% last week, Freddie Mac said. The 15-year fixed loan also dipped to a record low, falling from 3.07% to 3.05%, according to  Freddie Mac's latest survey , released Thursday. Borrowers would have paid an average of 0.7% in upfront lender fees to obtain the fixed-rate loans. People with solid credit and incomes who shop around or who pay additional discount points to lenders often can obtain slightly better rates than those quoted by Freddie Mac. Adjustable loans were mixed.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates have tumbled for the third straight week, with Freddie Mac pegging the 30-year fixed loan at an average of 4.22%, down from 4.32% last week to the lowest level since June. But what good is a low rate if a lender can't process your application? A protracted government shutdown would hamper the ability of lenders to confirm borrowers' incomes and identities, as well as threatening loans that are backed by agencies such as the Federal Housing Administration. “The federal government shutdown will have a growing impact on the housing market the longer it continues,” David H. Stevens, president and chief executive of the Mortgage Bankers Assn., said in a statement Thursday.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates were on hold this week near-record lows, with lenders offering the 30-year fixed-rate home loan at an average 3.55% for the second straight week, according to Freddie Mac's latest survey. The McLean, Va., mortgage finance company said the typical rate for a 15-year loan edged down to 2.85% from 2.86%. Start rates for adjustable mortgages were mixed, with loans fixed for the first five years falling from 2.75% to 2.72% and the one-year adjustable holding steady at 2.61%.
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